Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 3


This next post will finish explaining the basic notational elements in Steven Maheu's Elements of Creative Force.  We will then get into exercises to practice the application of these tools.  By the way, if you are interested in the visual elements driving this vein of notation, check out Steven's visual art on Facebook. We already …

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Aaron Mencher -“Uncertainly Yours”


Composer Aaron Mencher's work "Uncertainly Yours" is a very cohesive work that relies on intervallic tightness, but is extremely fluid and athematic.  Please download his score to follow along with this analysis. Here is the audio: The piece begins with the unifying interval that holds this piece tightly together, despite its arhythmicism and themelessness.  The …

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Steven Maheu’s Elements of Creative Force – Part 2


This next post features the overarching framework and processes involved in Steven Maheu's conceptualization of music and the process of composition.  Future posts will include exercises in this method, to "feed off" this large concept. To begin, please review this image: To begin, we see 3 primary dimensions: Mechanics (mechanical progressions) are the "matter/physics" in …

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